American English

Definition of score verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they score
    he / she / it scores
    past simple scored
    -ing form scoring
    jump to other results
    give/get points/goals
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to win points, goals, etc. in a game or competition Fraser scored again in the second half. score something to score a goal/try/touchdown/victory
  2. 2[intransitive] to keep a record of the points, goals, etc. won in a game or competition Who's going to score?
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] to gain marks for a test or an exam score something She scored 98% on the French test. + adv./prep. Girls usually score highly on language exams.
  4. 4[transitive] score something to give something or someone a particular number of points The tests are scored by psychologists. Score each criterion on a scale of 1 to 5. a scoring system
  5. 5[transitive] score something to be worth a particular number of points Each correct answer will score two points.
  6. succeed
  7. 6[transitive, intransitive] to succeed; to have an advantage score (something) The army continued to score successes in the south. She's scored again with her latest blockbuster. score over something Bicycles score over other forms of transportation in towns.
  8. arrange/write music
  9. 7[transitive, usually passive] to arrange a piece of music for one or more musical instruments or for voices score something for something The piece is scored for violin, viola, and cello. score something The director invited him to score the movie (= write the music for it).
  10. cut
  11. 8[transitive] score something to make a cut or mark on a surface Score the card first with a knife.
  12. have sex
  13. 9[intransitive] score (with somebody) (slang) (especially of a man) to have sex with a new partner Did you score last night?
  14. buy drugs
  15. 10[transitive, intransitive] score (something) (slang) to buy or get illegal drugs
  16. Idioms
    score a point/points (off/against/over somebody)
    jump to other results
    to show that you are better than someone, especially by making clever remarks, for example in an argument
    score points (with somebody)
    jump to other results
    to please someone, or make them like you Coming late to work won't score points with the boss.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: score